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 By Joe Schmick    Opinion

State payroll tax to hit businesses this summer

House and Senate budget writers released their 2023-25 state operating budget proposals recently. It was a reminder that taxpayers have been very kind to the state’s coffers as revenue forecasts over the past few years have... — Updated 4/6/2023


Kaiser Permanente's new rural pharmacy rules bad for consumers and our communities

Growing up on the farm, I heard grandma’s sage advice in just about every situation imaginable. “A trouble shared is a trouble halved.” “This isn’t my first rodeo.” “Many hands make light work.” When hearing about... — Updated 2/23/2023


Back in Olympia

We are back at the state Capitol for the 2023 legislative session, which began Jan. 9 and is set to last 105 days, ending April 23. After being forced to endure a virtual legislative session in 2021 and last year due to... — Updated 1/19/2023

 By JOE SCHMICK    Opinion

Emphasis on taxpayer protections is among the Legislature’s top priorities

One of the things I continually hear when traveling around the 9th Legislative District is this: “Joe, when are politicians in Olympia going to understand the ‘will of the people’ when it comes to raising taxes?... — Updated 1/31/2013


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